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There are three stages to an evacuation:
Evacuation Alert: A warning is issued to residents, and people are asked to be ready to leave on short notice. (When people choose to leave an area before or during the issuing of the alert, this is referred to as a voluntary evacuation.)
Evacuation Order: When there is an impending risk of a wildfire, an evacuation order is issued, and people must leave the area immediately.
Evacuation Rescind: An Evacuation Order or alert is rescinded when it is determined to be safe for residents to return home. An Evacuation Order may be reinstated if a threat returns.
We understand that receiving an Evacuation Alert or Order can be an unsettling and emotional experience, particularly to those of us who experienced the 2016 Wildfire. We understand that you may be reluctant to leave your home and our community. However, choosing to remain in an area under Order puts yourself, your family, and first responders in danger. As we all learned in 2016, our region’s strong commitment to safety training and complying with evacuation orders contributed to the saving of many lives.
If you have been placed under an Evacuation Order, that means you are advised to leave the area for your safety and the safety of first responders. People who remain in an area that is under Order may impede the ability of fire crews to fight a wildfire because they may be forced to stop fighting the fire to keep you out of harm’s way.
In an evacuation, seconds can count. Prepare a “Go Bag” emergency kit for you and your family. Check the Emergency Preparedness information attached below to see what to pack for yourself.
Transportation will be provided during an evacuation to ensure that risk is minimized during the evacuation.
If you need to evacuate due to a wildfire, take your pets with you. Do not leave them behind. Check the Emergency Preparedness information attached to see what to pack for yourself and your pets.
You must comply with the order.
You may be in danger even if you cannot see the wildfire because it can spread quickly when embers are blown ahead of the fire. These embers can be carried for kilometres and start new fires between you and safety. Sheltering in a home or other structure is no guarantee that you’ll be safe from an approaching wildfire.
Wildfire activity is heavily impacted by weather conditions which means that fire activity can increase suddenly and rapidly due to wind, heat, and dryness. The wildfire itself can contribute to these conditions.
A wildfire can be relentless. Stress and sleep deprivation over several days can decrease your alertness and impact your ability to think clearly. This can impair decision-making, slow your reaction time and increase the likelihood that you’ll make mistakes.